The Gold Ghost

Length: Two reels
Release date: March 16, 1934
An Educational Pictures Production
Presented by: E.W. Hammons
Distributed by: Fox Films
Producer: E.H. Allen
Director: Charles Lamont
Story: Ewart Adamson and Nick Barrows
Adaptation/Continuity: Ernest Pagano and Charles Lamont
Photography: Dwight Warren

Buster Keaton: Wally
Dorothy Dix: Wally's Girlfriend
Leo Willis: Gangster
With: William Worthington, Lloyd Ingraham, Warren Hymer, Joe Young, Al Thomps
on, and Billy Engle.

Two wealthy Massachusetts families have a problem: George’s son Wally and James’s daughter Gloria are engaged, but Gloria doesn’t want to marry Wally. She finds him spoiled and won’t change her mind until he proves himself. Upon hearing that she doesn’t like him, he hops into his car and drives away, not stopping until his car breaks down. However, his car doesn’t break down until he reaches Nevada, where he happens upon the old ghost town Vulture City. He makes himself “sheriff,” despite not being able to shoot a gun.

Meanwhile, gangster pilot “Bugs” Kelly crashes his plane near the ghost town and heads over. He thinks that he and Wally are the only ones around, but two miners have discovered gold in the area, and the town begins to boom with millionaires and oil sharks ready to make a buck. Gloria comes by with her father, because he owns the recently discovered Marietta mine. A gang comes to steal it, and both Wally and his unwilling partner, Kelly, fight them off, saving the Marietta mine, and showing that Wally is capable of great things after all. — Nick Ciccone